The Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project was intended to be a short-term initiative to respond to employment issues in the field resulting from the economic downturn.
The information below is from the call for applications issued for Fall 2011.
UPDATED MAY 4, 2011 – Today, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a standing committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), is pleased to announce a call for 2011-12 Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows). The CIFellows Project, established in 2009 with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, offers recent Ph.D. graduates in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a closely related field an exciting opportunity to obtain one- to two-year positions at universities, industrial research laboratories, and other organizations that are pursuing innovation in computing and its positive impact on society. We encourage all recent and graduating Ph.D.s to apply by the deadline of May 31, 2011.
The goals of the CIFellows Project are to retain new Ph.D. scholars in research and teaching during challenging economic times, while also supporting intellectual renewal and diversity in the computing fields at U.S. organizations. A total of 107 Ph.D.s have been supported through the program since 2009 (see the box at right for more details).
These CIFellows have received outstanding research and teaching enrichment experiences, and several have landed permanent positions (including tenure-track faculty appointments) in academia and industry as a result of their experiences.
CRA/CCC will make awards for the 2011-12 academic year. The exact number of awards is contingent upon the quality of applications received as well as the outcome of a proposal for funding that we have submitted.
Graduates awarded the Ph.D. or equivalent from U.S. institutions between May 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2011, have until 5 p.m. EDT on May 31, 2011, to apply to be a 2011-12 CIFellow. Applications must be submitted online (through this website).
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Following up on highly successful classes in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the CRA/CCC will issue grants for the 2011-12 academic year to recent Ph.D. graduates in computer science, computer engineering, information science, and/or closely allied fields. The exact number of awardees (henceforth "CIFellows") is contingent upon the quality of the applications received as well as the outcome of a proposal for funding that we have submitted.
As in previous years, the CIFellows Project seeks to involve many organizations and sub-disciplines in order to encourage cross-flow and broad participation. In particular, it is anticipated that no more than two CIFellowships will be awarded to graduates of the same institution in 2011 and that no organization will host more than two CIFellows. It is expected that the project will involve at least 30 different organizations.
Each CIFellow must have a committed mentor at a host organization, identified as part of the application process. CIFellows may engage in research, teaching, and/or other activities, such as public policy work, that contribute to the advancement and vitality of computer science and allied disciplines.
A CIFellow must have completed (or be prepared to complete) all requirements for graduation from a U.S. Ph.D. program between May 1, 2010, and August 31, 2011. The Ph.D. must be in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but others will be considered.
We anticipate that awards will be for $75,000 salary for 12 months with approximately $25,000 for fringe benefits and a $15,000 allowance for moving, travel, and discretionary expenses. Host organizations will receive indirect costs at the 25% rate. The 12-month assignment must begin by November 1, 2011.
The CIFellows website can be found at http://cifellows.org. This website contains a number of resources including a FAQ, application materials and submission instructions, information for mentors, and an area for prospective mentors to indicate their interests.
A complete application comprises the following materials submitted by May 31, 2011, 5 p.m. EDT (note: please submit your application in advance of this deadline; out of fairness for all applicants, there will be no exceptions granted for applications posted after 5pm EDT):
The applicants must also, for each proposed mentor, compile and submit as part of the above application the following:
The CIFellows website provides a facility to help applicants identify mentors and to allow prospective mentors to express interest in mentoring a CIFellow: http://match.cifellows.org/. Postings are organized by sub-disciplinary categories and mentors may place short postings on this site under one or more of these categories. Mentors are encouraged to include their mentoring credentials and planned mentoring activities on this site along with contact information to allow prospective CIFellows to contact them. Applicants are not required to choose mentors from this website.
Once a prospective mentor has agreed to support an applicant’s candidacy, the mentor must provide the applicant with a one-page letter of support including the mentoring plan. In addition, the mentor must indicate that the mentor and the host organization are committed to hosting the CIFellow. This document comprises part of the candidate’s application materials (See “Proposal Content and Format” above)—and must be submitted by the prospective CIFellow.
Proposals will be evaluated by a broadly representative committee from industry and academia. Applications will be evaluated based on:
Since it is anticipated that at most two CIFellows will be selected from any institution and at most two CIFellows will be hosted by any organization, applicants are encouraged to identify up to three possible mentors at different organizations -- and list them in the preferred order (if any) on the application form. If the application is successful, the award will be for work with a specific mentor. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.
We expect to announce awards by July 15, 2011.
Awards will be administered through the Sponsored Projects Offices at the host organizations. CIFellows and their mentors will be required to complete short reports near the end of each funded year.
For further information, please thoroughly review this website, including the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) linked below. Additional questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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